Bridge employment and retirees' health: a longitudinal investigation.

TitleBridge employment and retirees' health: a longitudinal investigation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsZhan, Y, Wang, M, Liu, S, Shultz, KS
JournalJ Occup Health Psychol
Date Published2009 Oct
ISSN Number1939-1307
Call Numbernewpubs20091202_Zhan_etal.pdf
KeywordsEmployment, Female, Health Status, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Middle Aged, Retirement, United States

The present study examined the relationship between bridge employment and retirees' health outcomes (i.e., major diseases, functional limitations, and mental health). We used a nationally representative sample of 12,189 retirees from the first 4 waves of the Health and Retirement Study. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that compared with full retirement, engaging in bridge employment either in a career field or in a different field was associated with fewer major diseases and functional limitations, whereas engaging in career bridge employment was associated with better mental health. The findings highlight the health benefits of engaging in bridge employment for retirees. The practical implications of this study are discussed at both the individual and policy levels. Limitations of the current findings are also noted in conjunction with future research directions.


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Bridge Jobs/health outcomes/RETIREMENT

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Alternate JournalJ Occup Health Psychol
Citation Key7375
PubMed ID19839658